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May 24, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie (KY’-ree) Irving poured in 42 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers took a three-games-to-one lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals by downing Boston, 112-99. The Cavs trailed by 10 at halftime before outscoring the Celtics 40-23 in the third quarter, with Irving contributing 19 points in less than five minutes. LeBron James had 34 points for the Cavaliers, who are one win away from their third straight NBA Finals series with Golden State.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Craig Anderson handled 45 shots and Mike Hoffman broke a 1-1 deadlock in the third period to send the Ottawa Senators past Pittsburgh, 2-1 in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals. Anderson was perfect after Evgeni Malkin beat him early in the second period. Bobby Ryan also tallied for the Senators, who forced a Game 7 set for Thursday in Pittsburgh.

CHICAGO (AP) — NFL owners announced a few changes during their meeting in Chicago yesterday, including the reduction of overtime from 15 to 10 minutes. The league gave the 2021 Super Bowl to Tampa Bay and announced that Los Angeles will host the event in 2022. The NFL is also cutting back on excessive celebration penalties.

UNDATED (AP) — Longtime Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy has been found dead in Orlando, Florida at age 48, according to local police. Kennedy was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1990 draft out of Miami spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Seahawks, recording 568 tackles and 58 sacks. The 1992 NFL Defensive Player of the Year was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years ago.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier basketball fans got good news Tuesday as Trevon Bluiett decided to stay in school for his senior season instead of entering the NBA draft. Bluiett was second in the Big East in scoring at 18.5 points per game last season. He was even better in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 21.3 points in leading the Musketeers to the Elite Eight.

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